5 Things to Do in New Braunfels This Weekend: 2016 NYE Edition

New Braunfels residents love that the town provides so much to see and do while still maintaining a great culture and small town feel. This weekend is no exception; there are a variety of different “things” happening in and around town. No need to research, five of the best fun things to do in New Braunfels this weekend are described below. Hopefully this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!

Since it is New Year’s Eve weekend, we tailored this list to showcase a few parties for the last night of the year, as well as a couple things before and after. Have a happy new year, dear readers!

1. Catch Pat Green at Gruene Hall

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Before the crazy parties and festivities happening on New Year’s Eve, get out on Friday to catch Texas country legend Pat Green play at the historic Gruene Hall. Green and his band have muscled their way through the Texas music scene by performing at colleges and dance halls in just about any town you can think of, eventually garnering the success that includes over 2 million albums, several Grammy nominations, and a sold-out show at the Houston Astrodome. He consistently puts out chart-topping music and is a live music MUST for anyone who enjoys getting out and seeing a fantastic performance. Tickets may be available at the door, but have sold out online.

When: Friday, Doors at 7:00 PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd

2. Get Wild at Texas Ski Ranch

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Hey high schoolers, Wahoo’s at Texas Ski Ranch is throwing an awesome New Year’s Eve party just for you! If you are between the ages of 15 and 19, bring your student ID and come on over for good music, good food, and great fun. Are there any parents reading this? If you wanted to go out and have a little adult fun, this is a wonderful and affordable way (only at $10 cover!) to make sure your kids are safe and having fun!

When: Saturday, 7:00 PM

Where: Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 I-35

3. Go to a Party at the Phoenix Saloon

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For some 21+ fun, head over to one of the town’s favorite watering holes for a New Year’s Eve full of live local music, great drinks, and prizes! The Jesse Stratton Band will perform to get the toes tapping and the revelry running with his well crafted songs full of hope. You can expect a few fun cover songs, too. Next, Fools of the Trade will get the place rocking. The Phoenix is offering free champagne for toasts at midnight, party hats, and a raffle that could win you a Big Green Egg! Tickets are $10 at the door. Get there early so you don’t get left!

When: Saturday, 9:00PM

Where: The Phoenix Saloon, 193 W San Antonio

4. Be Fancy at a Masquerade Ball

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Looking for a fun, quirky, and kind of romantic New Years party? The Seekatz Opera House is hosting a Masquerade Ball for a limited number of guests. With only 200 tickets available, this party is set to be a roaring good time. Dress up in a nice gown or suit and listen to a 25-piece orchestra perform Act 2 of the Austrian piece “Die Fledermaus”. (Funny enough, this title translates to “the bat”...and we sure know about bats in the Texas Hill Country.) You can wear a mask if you’d like, but some like to show up in a cowboy hat and boots. You’re welcome to be whatever kind of fancy you’d like! Tickets are available here, and last year’s event sold get them quick!

When: Saturday, 7:30 PM

Where: Seekatz Opera House, 265 W San Antonio St

5. Recover with Hair of the Dog Day

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Need a day to recoup from that wild New Years Eve party or forget that the first work day of 2017 is tomorrow? Post up at Gruene Hall all day on Sunday for their “Hair of the Dog Day” special of drinks and free music during the day. Several bands will take the stage from the afternoon into the evening, so bring your friends and have a few laughs as we ring in the New Year!

When: Sunday, 12:00 PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd